3 things we learned in the Patriots win over the Chargers

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New England's pass defense had been culpable for the large number of big plays against it earlier in the season, but this time, an error in the run game proved costly. Over the previous three games, however, that percentage had dipped to 45.45.

The Patriots dominated the possession game, holding the ball for for just under 37 minutes to the Chargers' 23, racking up 27 first downs to the Chargers' 16. Last week, he scored six points for the Chargers via a 65-yard touchdown return. Now, the focus of weakness shifts to the red zone offense. He found Rob Gronkowski for the 72nd touchdown between the pair over their careers, and spread the ball out to eight different receivers on the day, highlighted by an 85-yard day afternoon from running back James White.

Before his injury, Hogan hauled in 5 receptions for 60 yards.

Against the Patriots on Sunday, Benjamin pulled off what might just be the worst punt return in National Football League history. The Patriots were able to tackle him in the end zone for a safety.

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The Chargers made a last-minute press down the field with the score at 21-13, setting up the final play of the game with one second left on the clock at the Patriots' 23-yard line.

Stephen Gostkowski added four field goals, missing two.

The Patriots will take their bye week next week before traveling to Denver on November 12.